Data Quality – It’s a Dirty Job, but Someone’s Got To Do It

Data quality is the foundation for EHS insights.
Forty-seven percent of newly-created data records have at least one critical (e.g., work-impacting) error.

Data quality is the foundation that EHS insights are built upon. When EHS data suffers from poor data quality, insights are eroded and the information that was once on a stable foundation is no longer suitable for analytics.

Many companies starting their data analytics journey make the mistake of skipping the data cleaning process all together. None of us want to see how the sausage is made, we just want the bratwurst to magically appear. But as we have seen over and over, insightful analytics cannot be achieved with poor data quality.

Only 3% of Data Meets Quality Standards

A 2017 Harvard Business Review article, “Only 3% of Companies’ Data Meets Basic Quality Standards,” outlined the data quality crisis best, stating that, “Forty-seven percent of newly-created data records have at least one critical (e.g., work-impacting) error.”… Read more...

Brand Damage, Financial Liability, Criminal Charges: The High Cost of Not Meeting Regulatory Compliance Obligations

AI can reduce the cost of regulatory compliance
ehsAI’s next-wave compliance technology uses a patent-pending artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) solution to analyze, organize and summarize complex regulatory documents.

Around the world, organizations in every industry have obligations to follow the requirements outlined in various rules, regulations, permits and directives. These requirements outline the way in which a company operates day-to-day, its interaction with the environment and its obligations to the health and safety of its workers.

Regulations can be mandated by any level of government or can be specific within certain industries, with a few important examples being Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), the Clean Air Act and the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

When organizations don’t meet their regulatory obligations, the result can be brand damage, financial liability and even criminal charges. For example, Volkswagen has paid billions to settle allegations that it used elaborate technology to cheat emissions tests and deceive … Read more...

IWD2021: Jenny Yeung: It’s Important to Turn Dialogue and Good Intentions into Action that Actually Moves the Needle

At Intelex, we celebrate diversity and the accomplishments of womxn every day, and during the month of March, we are profiling employees, partners and customers as a way to celebrate IWD2021.

The theme for International Women’s Day (IWD) 2021 is: “A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change.”

Jenny Yeung, SVP of Finance at Intelex Technologies, is #choosingtochallenge by asserting herself, challenging the status quo, and advocating for the quieter individuals who tend to be overlooked. Creating diversity and inclusion in the workplace is important to Jenny and everyone at Intelex.

What is your name, title, and company?

My name is Jenny Yeung, and I’m the SVP of Finance at Intelex. I lead an awesome Finance team that is responsible for planning and budgeting, reporting, taxes, accounts payable, accounts receivable, treasury, and internal controls. We partner with all the departments across Intelex to manage customer contracts, … Read more...

IWD2021 – Emilia Apostu: Her Challenge Is to Keep Adapting and Doing her Best in a Fast-Paced Industry

Intelex is celebrating women in honor of International Women’s Day 2021 (IWD2021) by profiling customers, employees, and partners who are “choosing to challenge” and make a difference for women in tech and EHSQ.

Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist, once explained, “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist, nor to any one organization, but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.”  

So, make International Women’s Day your day and do what you can to truly make a positive difference for women, and please join us for our blog series highlighting the achievements of some of our favorite women, including Emilia, who started working at Virgin Atlantic in 2019 as a safety analyst.

What is your name, title, and company?

Emilia Apostu, Specialist in Safety Data & Management System Development, Virgin Atlantic Ltd.

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IWD2021 – Grazyna Oberlin-Momot: How Can the EHS Programs and Systems We Use in Workplaces Be Extended to the Work-From-Home Model?

Although March 8 is International Women’s Day 2021 (IWD2021), at Intelex, we celebrate the accomplishments of womxn every day. We also identify challenges, with none being greater than the transition to work-from-home and remote work for many women in 2020.

Through our annual IWD blog series, we want to introduce you to a group of women – our employees, customers and partners – who personify the achievements of women in tech and in EHSQ.

The theme for IWD2021 is: “A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change.” Grazyna Oberlin-Momot, Management Information System Intelex Program Lead for ABB, said she’s choosing to challenge “non-value-added tasks.”

What is your name, title and company?

My name is Grazyna Oberlin-Momot.  I am MIS (Management Information System) Intelex Program Lead for ABB and Business HSE Partner for Motion Traction business in ABB Switzerland.

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How COVID-19 Exposed the Shortcomings of How We Use Data

Data and Healthcare

Many of us spent much of 2020 looking at news reports and websites filled with visual representations of COVID-19 data. We saw epidemiological modelling, financial modelling, graphs, mortality rates, and much more all represented in vivid colors and complex, intersecting lines and bars. Among the many reasons for which we will remember 2020, one will be that it was the year the benefits of data went mainstream.

Yet the COVID-19 pandemic also exposed many of the ways our policies concerning data sharing, quality, and governance have fallen short and failed to provide decision-makers with the information they need when they need it. Although the pandemic is far from over, the development of multiple vaccines that will slow its advance means we must start assessing what we have learned, creating new plans of action, and preparing for making sure we are better prepared next time.

The Trinity Challenge is a coalition … Read more...

Sharing Expert Knowledge: A Look at Some of our 2020 Webinars

2020 Intelex Webinars

The coronavirus pandemic has made 2020 a year of crisis, financial devastation, and human tragedy. At the same time, it’s been the catalyst for unprecedented introspection and analysis about the way our world works and what we need to do better to help the people that need it most.

  1. A Look Ahead at 2021—More of the Same for EHS or a Whole New Ballgame?
    • Attorneys Michael Taylor and Adam Roseman from the law firm of Greenberg Traurig look back at 2020 to see what EHS will look like in 2021.
  2. How Quality Professionals Should Gather High-Quality Data to Inform Truly Effective Decision Making via Neuroscience
    • Dr. Gleb Tsipursky discusses how to avoid cognitive biases and blindspots that can give us bad information and result in poor decision making.Moving from Data Collection to Data Decisions—Supporting Business Continuity During a Crisis
  3. Moving from Data Collection to Data Decisions—Supporting Business Continuity During a
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How Will AI Accelerate “Positive Disruption” in EHSQ in 2021?

How AI will impact EHSQ

With the upsurge in the popularity and widespread use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the past few years, it was only a matter of time before it made headway in the EHSQ space. From automating compliance to optimizing processes, it is playing a vital role in driving efficiency and boosting performance.

In previous years, the word disruption had a negative connation to it. Only recently – and in specific areas of the business world – has it been seen in a positive light. In the technology sector, disruption has become synonymous with a strategic breakthrough or indicates a revolutionary change.

The EHSQ space, however, has some catching up to. That’s not to say that there aren’t certain technologies that are shaking things up, creating “disruption.” Artificial Intelligence (AI) just happens to be one of them.


The Origins and Applicability of AI


So what is AI exactly? According to Forbes, AI Read more...

How AI Is Changing the Way People Shop on Black Friday

Black Friday and AI

The retail industry, like many others, is currently experiencing a significant transformation, both by the upsurge in online shopping as well as through the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help forecast sales and enhance the customer experience. As such, AI is helping retailers predict consumer demand, and it provides them with insights to help develop personalized services to consumers during their online purchasing journey.

Despite the fact that 2020 has been a challenging year, it’s safe to say that many Americans will be trying to make the most of the holiday season – soon to be kicking off with Thanksgiving, followed by ever-exciting Black Friday!

Although COVID-19 has brought about serious disruptions to the economy, the effects to retail have been mixed. At the highest level, in-store shopping is expected take a serious hit this year, however, online holiday spending is forecasted to “surpass $189B in 2020 Read more...

How to Drive Business Transformation through Heightened Collaboration

Collaboration Drives Business Results

One of the qualities of critical thinkers, particularly in the business space, is to apply creative thinking either to solve business problems or identify opportunities. This ability to “reject standardized formats for problem solving” can be of great benefit, particularly during unpredictable times.

To say that 2020 brought about serious challenges to business leaders would be an understatement. From developing business continuity plans to doing a complete overhaul of their business model, these individuals have had to channel their ability to respond quickly, be agile, be resourceful and be confident in their decisions.

With over 85% of executives attributing the lack of collaboration or ineffective communication for workplace failures, many leaders have looked at people-focused approaches to solve current challenges.

This brings us to the objective of this blog: to examine how some leaders used collaboration as an engine to maintain productivity, drive employee engagement and boost employee morale.… Read more...